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Take Notice, Be Aware

#deni5in5 5 ways to wellbeing is for everyone

Deni MHAG continues to challenge the community to take part in the Deni FIVE in FIVE challenge – the 5 ways to wellbeing. This week the Five ways to wellbeing is to be more aware and to take notice. Being aware refers to the concept of mindfulness, gratitude and meditation, yoga and a whole lot of other activities that focusses one’s attention on the present moment.

Being Aware means to be aware of your thoughts and feelings as they arise, without getting lost in them. This can increase your ability to keep calm, reduce stress, think clearly, cope better with difficult situations and improve mood.

Many studies have shown that thinking about the past too much and worrying about the future is strongly linked with anxiety and depression. Although it is natural to respond to the stresses in our lives’ by thinking about them, it has been shown that, by focusing on the present moment, we reduce negative thoughts and maintain a level of calmness, which is good for one’s mental health and wellbeing.

“Although the concept of mindfulness might be new to some, it has been around for centuries. There are simple and easy day to day things we can all do to become more aware” Mrs Liebenberg said.

“Reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step to mindfulness. As you go about your day, be aware of how things feel when you touch them. Notice the taste of the food you eat and the air moving past your body as you walk. Notice your breath, and take deep, calming breaths throughout the day. Do this at home and work”.

Doing yoga or tai-chi and can help the body to stretch and move with an emphasis on being aware of our breathing which relaxes and tones our bodies as well as improving our mood.

One such group who brings joy and laughter to many is the Deni Laughter Club who offers laughter yoga for free to anyone in the community. They regularly meet in various locations in Deni. This is a great way to connect, be active be aware, keep learning and help others- all in one place. They also offer zoom sessions throughout the week and Lesly goes live most mornings at about 7am to offer a quick online laughter yoga session for the day.

For more information contact Lesley Hills on 0458 007 435 or visit their Facebook page Deni Laughter Club.


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